1. SEVEN-STAR EXPERIENCE
Burj Al Arab, arguably the world’s most luxurious hotel, is welcoming visitors with a new ‘A Date At The Terrace’ pool day, allowing guests to immerse themselves in relaxed refinery at the property’s beautiful The Terrace. World-renowned for its exceptional luxury and service, and with access to the hotel’s pristine private beach and two stunning pools that overlook the Arabian Gulf, guests will also be able to enjoy a three-course lunch at Scape, the hotel’s chic and vibrant Mediterranean restaurant. For those looking to elevate your daycation, you can also upgrade to a cabana to experience even greater levels of elegance and privacy.
2. DESERT DETOX
Bask in the captivating beauty of Al Maha’s palm groves and undulating golden dunes for an ultimate daycation in the heart of the Dubai Conservation Reserve. Here you can languish in the hotel’s ‘Wellness in the Dunes’ package, which offers guests a 60-minute massage in the breathtaking Wellness Tent of the Dunes, as well as day-long access to the infinity pool and a three-course wellbeing set menu at Al Diwaan restaurant, devised by its Timeless Spa wellness experts. The perfect excuse to escape to another world in wellbeing bliss.
3. AN EASY, BREEZY ESCAPE
Few things beat the UAE’s winter weather, so it makes sense to take advantage while we can. Stay close to home, whilst exploring new pastures with a holiday at Ajman Hotel, the ultimate resort playground. Nestled in lush palm gardens and plumped pretty on 400 metres of pristine white beach, the serenity of the hotel’s surrounds affords guests respite from frenetic city living. With an opulent approach to its interior design, with modern Arabic décor that channels the essence of the Orient, the rooms and suites are equally extravagant and glamorous.
The Royal Suite, on the 8th floor, radiates exemplary comfort, and also offers unrivalled views of the Arabian Gulf. With its swimming pools, beach access and Kids club, it’s also the perfect destination for a family staycation. In fact, the hotel’s Family Time Package enompasses all you need to ensure the little people are looked after, with breakfast at Cafe Naseem, a complimentary children’s bed, 50 per cent discount when booking an additional room, and access to the Kids Club, beach, pool and gym. Oh, and they’ll throw in 25 per cent discount at The Spa too, but save that one for yourself.
4. URBAN ESCAPE
For those craving a body overhaul this month, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has everything you need, with its ‘New Year, New You’ offer. The special package promises to work all angles with 3 hours and 15 minutes of pure, unadulterated full-body pampering. The treatment consists of a 60-minute personal training session, 30-minute hypervolt session, a 60-minute Swedish massage, and a 45-minute Soin Oxygenant VIP O2 facial, promising to leave you revived and ready to hit the ground running to see in 2020 with a refreshed new outlook.
5. CHINESE NEW YEAR FEAST
To usher in Chinese New Year on January 25, Armani Hotel Dubai is offering guests a family sharing menu at Armani/Deli from January 21 to February 1. You can also enjoy two days of Italian brunch, on January 24 and 25, to help ring in Chinese New Year’s Eve. Renowned for the talents of its Sardinian chefs, who create exquisite twists on traditional Italian cuisine, you’ll be presented with the most beautiful pasta and risotto combinations, as well as a cheese tasting room, crudo bar, delicatessen and live music. All this set to a backdrop of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains, and this is Chinese New Year sent from Italy with love.
6. THE YOGA RETREAT
The ultimate home-away-from-home, The Abu Dhabi EDITION oozes cool sophistication, with its whispered luxury and sleek contemporary design. Make your bed and lie in it in the calming 462-sqm Royal Penthouse suite, with its balcony views of the marina, a kitchen, two living rooms and private VIP lift.
Or, in the cosy Loft room, which has a King bed, separate study area and the perfect balcony spot to watch the world go by. Food is always on our minds, especially when world-renowned chef Tom Aikens is overseeing the hotel’s culinary offerings, and you really must try the Oak Room’s cocktails and steak, an Aperol Spritz at Alba Terrace, and Aikens’ harmonised wellness-fuelled dishes at Market at Edition, that expertly blend fresh food, vibrant ingredients and clever vegan dishes.
To keep on the healthy mind, body and soul track, The Edition Spa has just debuted its very own yoga studio, with Rakesh Kumar at the helm, teaching Hatha, Ashtanga and Power Yoga, as well as meditation and a traditional Himalayan singing bowl experience, with private sessions starting from AED300. Once you’ve finished, transition into one of the spa’s seven treatment rooms, for an Energy Balancing massage to relieve stress and rebalance Chakras.